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Paris Area Chamber of Commerce Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue 1

In My Opinion

by Chamber President David Eales

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The Paris area community is one of THE best places in Missouri to live, to work, and to raise a family. The Paris Area is an eclectic mix of industry, retail business, banking, healthcare, education, food service, and agricultural production – with a sprinkling of entrepreneurial diversity thrown in for good measure – all working together for the common good. The Paris Area Chamber of Commerce understands that in order to have a strong economic environment, you must have a strong community that supports and encourages growth and innovative thinking. We are truly blessed in this area to have leaders, business owners, educators, and a wealth of private citizens who recognize that we all share in the responsibility of creating economic success and stability as well as a healthy community environment for our children and grandchildren. As a community, we share the vision. We work, we volunteer, we support and serve as we build on the successes of those who came before us and develop new and innovative strategies that will make our area even better. For many years, the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce has diligently fulfilled the mission of the founding fathers to “create, enhance, and promote the economic environment, employment opportunities and the quality of life in our community and to advocate and create solutions for business and community issues.” The Chamber is involved in numerous projects throughout the year that benefit our community. A prime example is the Spring Pancake Breakfast, an annual spring affair. The Pancake Breakfast, to be held on Saturday, March 31, at the Paris Senior Citizen’s Center, and at the same time serves to ‘kick-off’ local Spring events. The Chamber also sponsors the Academic Scholarship that provides a scholarship and savings bonds to deserving local students each year. The chamber also sponsors other fun projects such as the annual nighttime Christmas Parade, Fall-In-To Paris, and the ever popular Christmas Parade and Supper each holiday season. These events promote local businesses and encourage Paris Area citizens and visitors alike to patronize the local business establishments. The Chamber works with other local civic and private groups to encourage new business development, to create awareness of problems facing our community and to develop potential solutions, to be a source of information and support for business owners, and to maintain and enhance the good that is the Paris Area. As the 2012 Chamber President, I am honored to serve alongside our “army” of volunteers that work out-front and behind the scenes to build a better Paris Area for all citizens. That is the uniqueness of our community. We think outside the box, we work together to make things happen, and we support the efforts of all. If you’re not a member of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, please join us today. Your investment will pay big divi-

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Grandma’s Attic

2 Years and Counting...

Owner Mary Brown celebrates the two-year anniversary of Grandma’s Attic. The business was recognized by the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce as its new business of the year in 2010. Granma’s Attic had a brisk business day on Saturday, March 24 during their Open House

Blossom Barn Now Open

Blossom Barn owners Tammy and John Hayhurst celebrated their new location, downtown Paris, and the grand opening of the Blossom Barn on Friday and Saturday, March 23, 24. Continued to page 2


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Why Be a Chamber Member?

Business Organization - As a member you will receive cooperation and assistance from the most capable business leaders in the community. Publicity and Exposure - Chamber members receive real exposure through our publications, directories, Quarterly Meetings and Web listings. Representation - The Chamber works as a voice for its members in local and state government. Involvement - Our members MAKE THE DIFFERENCE by working to improve the quality of life and business environment. New Customers - We support opportunities that bring people, employment and a better economy to the Paris area. Resources and Assistance - We maintain information and statistics that are shared with individuals interested in promoting business in the Paris area. Buy Locally - As a Chamber we try to keep the money flowing within the community and make those dollars work for our community. Informed Members - We try to keep our members informed about any and all regional and state issues, either by media articles, newspapers, personal visits, meetings and events.

Minding Your Business

by Chamber Executive Director Vanessa Forrest

Minding Your Business is a publication service as a member of the Paris Area Chamber of Commerce. Look for many upcoming articles about all the great businesses the Paris area has to offer. If your business is not currently a member of the chamber and you would like it to be, contact the chamber office at 660-327-4450 to get the details. This is just part of the article. To read the complete article visit the Monroe County Appeal. Dr. Art Griswold opened Paris Veterinary Clinic to serve the animals of the Paris area in 1969. The original location of the business was on the North Washington property where NECAC is currently located in downtown Paris. Griswold operated the business solely at this location until 1978 when he bought the property at the clinic’s current location - 25010 Business Highway 24. Dr. Mac Wilt joined on to offer his veterinary services in 1979 and the two worked and co-owned the clinic until 1995 when Griswold retired. Basic care for small animals provided by the Paris vets include vaccinations, heart worm testing, internal parasite exams, flea and tick treatments, and annual physicals. Paris Veterinary Clinic carries a full line of vaccines and prescription products on-site for both large and small animals. They offer the Science Diet line of food for dogs and cats plus a specialty food line of Prescription Diet to address overweight, hair ball, dental, or urinary tract issues in your pets. Items for topical wound and infection treatment for general care of Paris Area Chamber of Commerce small and large animals such Membership Dues as wraps, thermometers, antiseptics, etc. are kept in sup• Non-profit/Personal Membership - $35.00 ply. A variety of leash sizes, • Business Membership collars, and tags (personalized (5 employees or less) - $75.00 engraving available) can also be purchased at the clinic. • Business Membership To make an appointment for (6 employees or more) - $150.00 your pet or large animals at Paris Veterinary Clinic, call • Owner of two businesses (or more) the office at 660-327-5121. 1st joins for $75.00 The clinic is open Monday and each additional business joins for $25.00 Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon.

2012 Paris Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

David Eales (President) - Monroe County Appeal • Charles Holland (Vice President) – University of MO Extension Joanne Bonney (Sec/Treas) – Monroe County Appeal • Steve Hancock – Signature Masonry & Carpentry Glenn Turner – Monroe County Western Commissioner • Mary Brown – Grandma’s Attic Matt Smith– Paris R-II Jr. High/High School Principal • Chris Johnson – Paris R-II Elementary Principal Troy Vaughn – The Paris National Bank • Lloyd Miller – Miller Resident Care Jared and Ashley Kendrick – Young Farmers Representatives • Vanessa Forrest - Executive Director

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dends in many different ways as we work together to make Paris and the surrounding area a better place to live, to work and to raise a family.

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Paris Area Chamber of Commerce, Paris, MO, 1st Quarter 2012 Newsletter